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made in Cairo, Egypt

Postcard of Door.
© National Museums Scotland


This leaf from a wooden pulpit door was made in Cairo in Egypt. It probably dates from the 15th century. The method of panel-based construction used here involves small interlocking pieces of wood set into raised wooden mouldings. This system allows wood to expand and contract according to variations in temperature and humidity.

The door has wooden beading in a geometrical pattern with carved and inlaid ivory and ebony arabesques and scrollwork. Above and below the central area, there is a small calligraphic panel with tall Arabic letters. The overall geometric pattern of this panel was very popular in Egypt at the time and similar designs can be found on contemporary book bindings and manuscript illuminations.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-226-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1884.2.29
Date: Probably 15th century
Material: Wool
Dimensions: 64.00" L x 60.00" W
What: Cloth, saddle
Subject: Textiles
Where: Persia
Description: Woollen saddle-cloth showing patterns worked in different colours: Persian
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